Thursday, July 21, 2011

Information about East Coast Projects

As we head east, we will be seeing a lot of public art and architecture along the way. Tomorrow's class is designed to have you treat art actively and critically; the things we will be seeing are not just places to take photos. To this end, we've created a little research assignment work on before we leave, so that you are actively involved in performing culture.

On the table below, you'll notice that every student has been paired with another, and each of these pairs has been assigned a date and a work of art or architecture. This means that on the day you've been assigned, we will actually be seeing the piece you've been assigned. Your job is to present some information and interpretation to the group. The information should be denotative: What materials are used? Who is the artist/architect? Who commissioned the work? Who is the intended audience? How old is the piece? How does it relate to its surroundings? The interpretation should be connotative: What feeling does the piece give you? Does the piece mean different things to different audiences? Does the piece remind you of something else? Has the piece's meaning changed over time? How does the piece relate to your understanding of American culture?

You need not answer all of these questions; the questions I'm giving you are to get you started. Your presentation should last about five minutes--make sure you share the work equally between partners. Have a little fun informing your classmates and engaging actively in the culture around you.

Date
Location
Artwork
Students
7/27
Washington, DC
Washington Monument
April/Stella
7/28
Washington, DC
Lincoln Memorial
Carl/Samuel
7/28
Washington, DC
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
Roddy/Jasmine
7/28
Washington, DC
World War Two Memorial
Henry/Shine
7/29
Philadelphia, PA
Liberty Bell
Iris/Spencer
7/29
Princeton, NJ
Oval With Points (Moore, 1969)
Claire/Joy
7/29
Princeton, NJ
The Hedgehog and the Fox (Serra, 1998)
Three/Javier
7/30
Columbia, NY
Alma Mater (French, 1903)
Amy/Beryl
7/30
Columbia, NY
The Thinker (Rodin, 1930)
Michelle/Megan
7/31
New York, NY
Statue of Liberty
Maggie/Sherry
7/31
New York, NY
The Sphere (Koenig, 1971)
Sunny/Kelly
8/1
Boston, MA
John Harvard (French, 1884)
Jack/Will
8/2
New York, NY
Empire State Building
Rachel/Cindy

4 comments:

  1. thx ,peter , ~it's absolutely will be more attractive and funny to visit a place when you know something in advance . it's a combination of learning process and having fun ~

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  2. Maybe speaking out is more difficult than having something in mind~~I love challenging~~

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  3. Hi,Pete,James and I are not in the list.Could you please add our names in it?Thank you very much.

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  4. Steven and James, here's your assignment:

    7/31 Central Park, NYC "Bethesda Fountain" (Stebbins, 1868) Steven/James

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